i. “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” (often, probably incorrectly, attributed Oscar Wilde)

ii. “People are happy to judge each other according to what they think of as standards, while thinking their own particular case is, well… particular. It’s different for you because you have reasons, everybody else just has excuses.” (found here)

iii. “We’re even wrong about which mistakes we’re making.” (Carl Winfeld, found here)

iv. “No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.” (Confucius, from the same lw-thread)

v. “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” (disputed, often attributed Eleanor Roosevelt)

vi. “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow.” (attributed Mark Twain)

vii. “The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read” (-ll-)

viii. “If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” (attr. Haruki Murakami)

ix. “All marriage is such a lottery — the happiness is always an exchange — though it may be a very happy one — still the poor woman is bodily and morally the husband’s slave. That always sticks in my throat.” (Queen Victoria. If the source doesn’t surprise you…)

x. “The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it.” (attr. Flannery O’ Connor)

xi. “Think before you speak. Read before you think. This will give you something to think about that you didn’t make up yourself” (Fran Lebowitz)

xii. “I never met anyone who didn’t have a very smart child. What happens to these children, you wonder, when they reach adulthood?” (-ll-)

xiii. “Original thought is like original sin: both happened before you were born to people you could not have possibly met.” (-ll-)

xiv. “Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.” (Edward Gibbon)

xv. “We must trust to nothing but facts: These are presented to us by Nature, and cannot deceive. We ought, in every instance, to submit our reasoning to the test of experiment, and never to search for truth but by the natural road of experiment and observation.” (Lavoisier)

xvi. “People may flatter themselves just as much by thinking that their faults are always present to other people’s minds, as if they believe that the world is always contemplating their individual charms and virtues.” (Elizabeth Gaskell, Wives and daughters)

xvii. “We must not indulge in unfavourable views of mankind, since by doing it we make bad men believe that they are no worse than others, and we teach the good that they are good in vain.” (Walter Savage Landor)

xviii. “To be stupid, selfish, and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost.” (Flaubert)

xix. “Our ignorance of history causes us to slander our own times.” (-ll-)

xx. “As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use.” (William James)

xxi. “Properly speaking, a man has as many social selves as there are individuals who recognise him.” (-ll-)

xxii. “First, you know, a new theory is attacked as absurd; then it is admitted to be true, but obvious and insignificant; finally it is seen to be so important that its adversaries claim that they themselves discovered it.” (-ll-)


May 22, 2012 - Posted by | Quotes/aphorisms

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